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Journey Of The Boy Who Lived

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The American author, teacher, and mythologist, Joseph John Campbell, is universally known for his work in comparative folklore and culture. His studies led him to discover the pattern, journey of the hero. The sequence consists of three stages and exists in many dealings with Greek mythology as well as current popular culture. A modern example of the occurring cycle is the 2001 production, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. In the film, an orphaned young boy named Harry Potter is invited to study at Hogwarts, School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In time, he is involved in a dangerous quest to save the wizarding community from the grasps of the Dark Lord. The film demonstrates aspects of a traditional journey of the hero because Harry departs from his cupboard under the stairs at Four Privet Drive, is initiated into the inexplicable world of magic, and returns home as the savior to the supernatural beings and the boy who lived again.
Harry is first introduced into the magical world when he crosses the threshold between London and the invisible passageways of Diagon’s Alley after receiving help from his supernatural guide, Rubeus Hagrid. The oafish half giant, Hagrid, informs Harry of his fame and wealth in the wizarding world, and invites him to study magic at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry accepts instantly and disappears into the storm, escaping his cruel and manipulative relatives (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone). Hagrid represents the monomyth’s supernatural aid by introducing Harry to his new life and explaining the real story of how his parents passed away. He also provides Harry with information essential to overcome obstacles later on in his adventure. Another element of the hero’s journey is seen when Harry enters the wizarding world at Diagon’s Alley and King’s Cross Train Station, thus crossing the first threshold. Diagon’s alley is located behind a supernatural brick wall buried deep within the city of London. This street provides all the necessities witches and wizards need in their everyday life, including all of Harry’s school supplies. Harry’s departure from his old life is evident once he steps on to Platform Nine and Three Quarters to board the Hogwarts Express (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone). Leaving his previously known home is not difficult because of the ten years of neglect that occurred in the Dursley household. Harry has only been in two magical places and he already feels more comfortable than ever. Now that he has crossed over to the hidden world of magic, he is ready to embark on his adventure.
Soon after entering Hogwarts, Harry must face a road of trials which will eventually lead him to achieve his unlikely treasure. While roaming the halls after curfew, Harry receives detention in the forbidden forest, and comes face to face with the Dark Lord. Other obstacles come to place when Harry travels down the trap door into the chambers; such as devil’s snare, a human wizard’s chess game,...

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